Sports Betting Bill Close to Becoming Law

By Ellis Codjoe, April 23, 2019

A bill that would allow Iowans to bet on professional and college sports is on the cusp of becoming a law. All that is needed in the signature of Governor Kim Reynolds.

Monday night, the Iowa House passed the bill by the vote of 67-31. The proposal previously made its passage through the Iowa Senate.

Mary Gaskill of Ottumwa was one of the representatives who voted against the bill. Gaskill shared with Ottumwa Radio News why she voted no.

“Because there was no language in the bill that mentioned how or if Wapello County will get its share of the gambling revenue. Only counties that are occupied by casinos would get their share of money. All they could offer me was a promise. I didn’t believe them so I voted no.”

There are currently 19 state-licensed casinos in Iowa that could potentially take wagers on professional and college sports. According to reports, the estimated yearly revenue from sports betting could be as much as $4 million.

When asked how or if Wapello County will receive any sports betting revenue, Gaskill said that the issue would have to be discussed in the next legislative session in 2020.



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